dog breeds Total: 369 Breeds


Chinook Photo #1


The Chinook was originally bred in New Hampshire in 1928, to be a sled dog, by an author named Arthur Walden. Walden desired a powerful and fast dog with endurance, so to create this dream breed, Arthur Walden bred a mastiff type dog to a husky dog, and named it the Chinook.

The Chinook's temperament and energy levels

The Chinook is a very evenly tempered dog, even with small amounts of socialization, the Chinook loves all people and gets along very well with all dogs. The Chinook has a natural off switch, and will sleep on a couch for days on end, then turn around and pull a sled for days in a row. Besides their ability to pull a sled, the Chinook is capable of learning any other sport, such as agility, a sport of memory and intelligence, to weight pull, a sport of strength and power.

Because they are so calm natured and sweet, the Chinook does not have any guard dog traits, and would not likely succeed in bite work. The Chinook is a destructive puppy, but is known to calm down with age. If the dog is under socialized and neglected, it will become destructive and destroy furniture.

How the Chinook responds to dogs, small animals, and people.

The Chinook is a loving dog that loves being around lots of people and other dogs, they get lonely easily, so they need an owner who can be around often or have a few other dogs to be around all the time. The Chinook is not aggressive, so when around dogs that might be a little mean, the Chinook will be a reliably neutral and will not provoke any dog. The Chinook is not likely to bring harm to smaller animals such as cats or chickens, so they make fantastic farm dogs. The Chinook has low prey drive, so the dog will enjoy chasing small rodents.

The health and lifespan of the Chinook

The chinook is prone to eye problems, hip dysplasia, skin problems, hormonal problems, and seizures, although the breed is typically pretty healthy and these problems are rare. The Chinook can live for up to 12 to 15 years, as long as it is kept healthy and exercised, it may even live longer.

The grooming and shedding of the Chinook

Because of the nature of the Chinook, the Chinook will lightly shed all year round, then the Chinook will heavily shed during the spring, and again during the fall.

Breed Information

Popularity:2018: #179
2017: #179
2016: #175
2015: #177
Origin:United States
Breed Group:Working (AKC:2010)
Northern Breeds (UKC)
Life span:12-15 years
Height:Male: 23-27 inches (58-69 cm)
Female: 21-25 inches (53-64 cm)
Weight:Male: 70 pounds (32 kg)
Female: 55 pounds (25 kg)
Gray Red
Red Gold
Silver Fawn
Litter Size:3-6 puppies
Puppy Price:Average $800 - $1000 USD

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Dog names

Rank Male Female
1 Bruno Princess
2 Gizmo Lexi
3 Diesel Maya
4 Ollie Dixie
5 Rocco Cookie
6 Scout Honey
7 Otis Marley
8 Finn Shelby
9 Tank Callie
10 Thor Winnie
11 Luke Hazel
12 Rufus Sydney
13 Koda Cleo
14 Brutus Mimi
15 Ranger Gigi
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